Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Edelman: Representation of similarities

Seeing wood because of the trees? A case of failure in reverse-engineering

Philip J. Benson a1
a1 University Laboratory of Physiology, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PT, United Kingdom


Failure to take note of distinctive attributes in the distal stimulus leads to an inadequate proximal encoding. Representation of similarities in Chorus suffers in this regard. Distinctive qualities may require additional complex representation (e.g., reference to linguistic terms) in order to facilitate discrimination. Additional semantic information, which configures proximal attributes, permits accurate identification of true veridical stimuli.